Video of the Week: "The Perfect Resume"

This ad came on TV when I was sitting in the airport last week and stopped me in my tracks for its honest reality. Take a look:

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After watching it a few more times since then, I’ve been thinking about the following questions:

  • What assumptions did you make about the character in this story despite the fact that she never talks? What do you think created those assumptions?

  • How would this ad be different if it were a man playing the role rather than a woman? Why do you think Monster made that choice?

  • Monster creates great credibility for themselves by acknowledging the problem that many have felt. In doing so, they also tell the audience they are the solution to this problem without explaining how they solve it. Do you believe they’re the solution? What do you think about this advertising strategy?

  • In rhetoric, pathos is using the audience’s emotions to win them over to your argument. How did this ad do that for you?

Video of the Week: "'Places' by Shane Koyczan"

I love spoken word’s power in calling for social change. Check out this new video from Shane Koyczan on homelessness:

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Here’s what I’m thinking about:

  • At the beginning of the poem, Koyczan calls out our disdain for the places we have. Do you have the attitude he shared to school/work? Explain.

  • What’s your gut response when you see a person who is homeless?

  • How can we create places for those struggling with homelessness?

  • What are some of the ways Koyczan cites as causes of homelessness?

  • Koyczan expresses that “Diversion has taken the place of focus.” Do you see this as being true in yourself? in others? How should we respond to this pull?

Video of the Week: "36,000 Kids You Don’t Want to Mess With | Short Film Showcase"

Kids are cool. Look at what they can do:

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Here’s what we’ll be discussing in my classroom:

  • What adjectives would you use to describe this performance?

  • What do you notice is different between you and the kids at this school? What is the same?

  • How are both the individual & the team important here?

  • Would you be willing to put in the hours necessary to become this proficient in something? Why or why not? What would that thing be?

Video of the Week: "Nike - Tiger Woods: Same Dream"

Yesterday, moments after Tiger Woods won the Masters, Nike released this ad that immediately flooded social media streams. Take a look:

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • How often do you think advertisements like this one are created but never shown? Is it still worth it for those companies?

  • Are you pursuing any of the same dreams today that you pursued at age three? Do you think you’ll still be chasing it at 43?

  • Tiger Woods has endured a lot of bad press since he last won in 2005 because of his poor choices. Fourteen years later, he has finally won again. What does this say about persistence?

  • Should Tiger Woods continue to pursue this dream?

Video of the Week: "Machine Learning and Human Bias"

Yesterday this tweet showed up in my Twitter feed. Before then, I hadn’t really thought about the biases present in machine learning, which is a bias of my own. I’m interested to learn more about this issue. Let’s start today with an overview to the problem:

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Here’s what we’ll be discussing this week:

  • What did you picture when you pictured a shoe? How do you think that choice is impacted by your own experiences?

  • What are some of the things you use on a daily basis that utilize machine learning?

  • “Just because something is based on data doesn’t automatically make it neutral.” Can you think of other instances where this would be true?

  • Have you seen this bias in machine learning?

  • What solutions can you suggest for combatting this complex problem?